Recently, I read something that really shocked me. Even though the year has really only just begun, a study by MyVoucherCodes found that 38% of people have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions! Can you believe that? It’s a really high figure and not what I would have expected at all. I’m doing well with my resolutions and have been able to keep up with them so far, so I wanted to spend some time today sharing advice on how to stay on target.
Set Achievable Goals
The first thing to think about is how you choose your resolutions. There’s no point in choosing something that you won’t stick to! For example, I’m a huge chocoholic, and I decided I wanted to try eating a bit less this year. If my New Year’s Resolution was to stop eating chocolate, I would have given up within a couple of weeks! But if my resolution is to limit myself to one chocolate bar a week, it’s much easier to do. Now I know I can look forward to Saturday for my one bit of pleasure and still keep my resolution.
Remember Your Motivation
The study mentioned above found that most people give up because they don’t have enough motivation. There’s no point setting a goal if it means nothing to you, but once you find one, you should try hard to remember why it is important to you. If you resolve to eat healthy, for example, then remember how much you want to lose weight. Keep looking at some fitspiration photos and weigh yourself often to see how far you’ve come. That should keep your motivation levels up!
Make Yourself Accountable
One of the big things you have to do is to make sure you are accountable for your resolutions. Don’t just write them down in a notebook or keep them in your head. Tell all your friends, post them on social media, write them on your blog. Make sure that you give regular updates, perhaps once a month. Tell people to keep an eye on you. My friends keep teasing me about chocolate and asking me if I’ve slipped up yet, and I’m proud to be able to say no. It’s really important that other people know about your resolutions and can call you out on them. If someone sees me eyeing up a chocolate bar on a Wednesday, they know to remind me about my resolution and tell me not to eat it!
The real trick to keeping your resolutions is determination. If you set something that you can achieve, you promise yourself to stick to it, and you have other people keeping a watch out, then you have a much better chance of keeping it. It’s really silly to set a resolution just for the sake of it, so just stick to the ones that really matter to you and will make a difference in your life – those are the ones that count the most!
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